“A fun Bronco Billy … tugs at the heartstrings with its notions about dreamers intent on making their lives — and, possibly, the world — a little bit better” – LA Times
The country’s going crazy; partisan politics, civil rights threatened, technology exploding. That’s right, it’s 1979! Somewhere in America’s heartland, with more heart than sense, Bronco Billy struggles to keep his traveling Wild West show alive. But when Billy and his ragtag troupe of misfits meet Antoinette, a Manhattan heiress on-the-run, the ride gets even wilder as she turns Billy’s world upside down.
“Splendid music, singing and dancing. Recommended – Top Ten” – Stage Raw
Dennis Hackin (Book) wrote the novel and the film version of Bronco Billy, co-produced with Neal Dobrofsky. The story was created in homage to his parents who wanted to be cowboys and moved their city slicker family from Chicago to Arizona to live out their dreams.
Director Hunter Bird, in discussing what drew him to the show, said “Bronco Billy is so much about identity. Rather than accepting the roles we’re given, we always have the ability to create our own realities, our own families, and our own identities.”
Directed by Hunter Bird, Musical Director is Anthony Lucca (Mutt House at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Cult of Loveat IAMA), choreographer is Janet Roston (The Boy From Oz – Ovation Award & LADCC Award; The Color Purple – Ovation Award) with Arrangments/Orchestration by David O (Soft Power– Ahmanson Theatre, 13, and Wild Party– Mark Taper Forum).
Chip Rosenbloom (Music & Lyrics), John Torres (Music & Lyrics), Michele Brourman (Additional Lyrics).
Cast: Eric B. Anthony* (Broadway– The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Hairspray; Awards – Ovation, NAACP Theatre, Broadway World Awards, Recorded in Hollywood – Kirk Douglas Theatre) stars as Bronco Billy, with Amanda Leigh Jerry* (Kirk Douglas Theatre’s Mutt House, South Coast Rep’s Once, Musical Theatre West’s Carousel, and Mary Poppins) starring as Antoinette, part of a fourteen member cast which includes Michelle Azar, Benai Boyd, Marc Cardiff, Randy Charleville, Fatima El-Bashir, Kyle Frattini, Bella Hicks, Chris M. Kauffmann, Anthony Marciona, Jamie Mills, Pat Towne, and Michael Uribes.
“Bronco Billy – The Musical” now extended through July 21st: Performances at 8:30pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2:00pm Saturdays and Sundays. No 2:00pm matinee on July 6 & 20. Added: 8:00pm performances on Thursdays July 11 & 18. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets start at $29. Children under 6 years old are not admitted. Information and reservations: (213) 761-7061 or (866) 811-4111. Online ticketing: http://SkylightTix.org